February 27, 2007

Memorial ceremony on Khojaly genocide held in Berlin

Memorial ceremony was held February 26 in Kaiser hall of residence of Germany Parliament Society in Berlin on the 15th anniversary of Khojaly genocide.

In the event organized by Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Azeri Embassy to Germany and Germany-Azerbaijan Forum were present reps of political, economic and cultural circles of Germany, deputies from different fractions in Bundestag, reps of board of Conrad Adenauer Foundation, diplomatic missions of several countries, leadership of Europe Azeris Congress, members of Azeri and Turk communities, Azeris living in Germany, MPs Fattah Heydarov, Akram Abdullayev, Aydin Abbasov, Elton Mammadov and Fuad Muradov.


In the hall the ceremony took place photos reflecting Khojaly tragedy selected upon totals of art contest `Khojaly in eyes of children` held among schoolchildren by Heydar Aliyev Foundation were shown. Guests were presented booklets `Realities of Karabakh` developed by Foundation, their CD-DVD versions, German-language book `Khojaly genocide. Reasons. Facts, Truths`.


In their speeches Azeri ambassador to Germany Perviz Shahbazov, chairman of Germany-Azerbaijan Forum Otto Hauzer, member of Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan Fattah Heydarov considered Khojaly genocide as the most brutal and terrible mass terrorist act against humanity.


In speeches Khojaly tragedy was commented as continuation and part of the policy of territorial claim, genocide and ethnic cleansing the Armenian nationalists conduct against the people of Azerbaijan. It was noted many tragedies were committed in the history of mankind, events disgracing human dignity happened. For its horrors Khojaly genocide does not differ at all from such massacres. It is already 15 years that sovereign and peaceloving state of Azerbaijan has been calling the world community, prestigious international organizations to hear the right voice of Azerbaijan, punish aggressors. But unfortunately, indifference to troubles of Azeri people is continued. Therefore, aggression to Azerbaijan, genocide must be given political assessment.


Then, documentary `Khojaly genocide` was shown.


Composer and pianist Arif Mirzayev, Azeri living in Germany, performed `Adagio` by Tomaso Albioni and his own work `January passions`.


Ceremony was shot by TV channels Berlin TD1 and TRT, attendees were interviewed.